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The annual Constantia Fresh Festival is a showcase of Cape Town at its best – sophisticated and urbane yet laid back and friendly. It is held on the spacious grounds of the Buitenverwachting estate in Constantia, the oldest and one of the most affluent suburbs in South Africa.

May 18, 2016, Cape Town, South Africa

Cape of Renewed Hope

Chic and sophisticated Cape Town is an often overlooked tourist destination by travellers from this region, but with its beautiful beaches, ...

March 18, 2016, Melbourne, Australia

Drinking it all in

With excellent wineries, Chef's Hat restaurants and lush natural beauty, the Mornington Peninsula in Australia has long been one of Melbourn...

March 18, 2016, Namibia

Off the beaten track in Namibia

Self-driving offers a compelling alternative to air transfers for travellers seeking the real Africa.

May 16, 2015, Malaysia

Indie Design Hub in Penang

Design Village in Batu Kawan is a S$110.9m nexis that aims to provide a different, more creative retail experience for shoppers.

Well-appointed suites onboard the Sanctuary Ananda, which plies the Irrawaddy.

March 13, 2015, Vietnam

Going Upriver In Style

More travellers are eschewing big ocean voyages for the intimacy of a sojourn along the river.

The Old Town of Lijiang has beenrndesignated a Unesco World Heritage Site.

March 13, 2015, China

Opulent retreat in an ancient town

Perched on a hillside above Lijiang’s Old Town, the new Aman resort in China is designed in the traditional style of the area’s indigeno...

Chile’s Patagonia region offers adventurers snow-capped peaks, exotic wildlife such as the guanaco, a cousin of the llama, andrnsolitude.

March 13, 2015, United States

The Really Great Outdoors

Roughing it out in the wilderness won’t seem so rough at these luxe wilderness camps.

Enrichment cruises give passengers a chance to visit exotic habitats.

March 13, 2015, Denmark

Voyage Of Discovery

Embark on a luxury cruise and learn about wine, photography and wildlife, to name a few of the educational programmes being offered.

HISTORIC ACCOMMODATION: Built in 1891, the hotel today has 128 rooms and 35 suites, three restaurants, two heated outdoor pools and a gym.

January 10, 2015, Portugal

Palace on a cliff

Reid’s Palace Hotel on the Portuguese island of Madeira has much in common with Singapore’s Raffles Hotel – history, character and sty...

December 16, 2014, Japan

Kyoto’s storied charms

The ancient city of Kyoto offers travellers a rare glimpse into Japan’s history.

REACHING OUT: The year-long partnership between Regent Singapore and All Nippon Airways will see the chefs from Summer Palace, Basilico, Tea Lounge, and Manhattan take turns to craft menus for ANA’s business class passengers travelling from Singapore to Tokyo; Summer Palace-ANA collaboration meal.

November 11, 2014

High Flyers

The new age of airline cuisine is marked by collaborations with celebrity chefs and five-star hotels, as well as input from renowned wine co...

Eataly in Chicago

October 13, 2014

An Invitation To All Foodies

From luxurious gourmet boutiques to hip markets, these are the best food halls in the world to visit.

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Wonderfruit for the soul

This festival in Thailand leaves Wu Shangyuan with fresh perspectives on life and living

Enjoy durians at the source in Penang

IF YOU’RE headed to Penang this month and you’re a hardcore durian fan, then you’d want to hit the durian farms in Balik Pulau to feast rather than settle for stalls in town.

Farther away from the city centre, the price of durians at the farms are by the kilogram.

You could even make an enlightening eco-excursion out of it, rather than just have a durian buffet.

Farms such as Green Acres and Bao Sheng Durian Farm offer a different proposition, as their fees include a tour and discussion on sustainable farming and durian growing.

It’s better to call ahead to “book” your timing, especially if your party is large. Okay Jungle Durians is a good place to start as it has a range of kampung, or “wild”, durians and branded durians, and it’s easy to get to.

Green Acres is more of an adventure, and is located about a 10-minute drive up the narrow road after Okay Jungle Durians. It’s well worth a visit, though, for the experience and the views. You definitely have to book ahead. For RM80 (S$28.50) per person, visitors get a tour of the farm and unlimited supply of whatever fruit are in season.

For a pleasant, leisurely durian eating experience, Stone House on the other side of Balik Pulau has a large porch filled with about nine big tables for you to have your buffet of durians. The setting is also very idyllic, with a view of Stone House’s landscaped grounds.

Lastly, both amateurs and connoisseurs should head to Bao Sheng Durian Farm, also on the Sungai Pinang side, if they really want to find out about Penang’s durians. The farm is one of the first to go organic, and Chang Teik Seng, or Ah Seng as he’s called, is an excellent “teacher” of all things durian. The farm is located in Sungai Pinang, on the road towards Teluk Bahang or Batu Feringghi.

It offers a “two-hour pass” which includes a 15-minute farm tour, tropical fruit and unlimited durians in two hours.

There are four sessions daily: 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm. Prices start from RM55 for all varieties of young trees, RM75 for trees more than 40 years old and RM120 to include newly dropped durians for that “numb” taste.

- OKAY JUNGLE DURIANS
Titi Serong, Balik Pulau;
GPS: 5°19’48.4”N 100°13’01.5”E
Contact Mr Choy on +6012-571-1557

‡‡- GREEN ACRES
GPS: 5°22’17.0”N 100°14’57.6”E
Contact Kim on +6012-428-6368 or
e-mail greenacrespenang@gmail.com

‡‡- STONE HOUSE
127, Mukim 2, Sungai Pinang;
GPS: 5°23’54.0”N 100°12’50.3”E
Contact Mr Tan on +6012-538-5128

‡‡- BAO SHENG DURIAN FARM
Sungai Pinang;
GPS: N 5.24. 1755 E 100.13.165
Contact +6012-411-0600/
+6012-401-0800 to book your time slot

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